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Paul Weyrich
  

Paul Weyrich— Cofounder of the Moral Majority,
• Founding president- The Heritage Foundation,
• Founder, Chairman, CEO- Free Congress Foundation

“I’ve looked at him and he's the best guy... With a clear conservative vision to move America forward, he will strengthen our economy, our military, and our families.” (Paul Weyrich)

"Weyrich, a prolific writer and frequent commentator, is the founding president of the Heritage Foundation, the influential conservative Washington think tank, and a cofounder of the Moral Majority, the religious group that grew into a powerhouse under the late Rev. Jerry Falwell." (Boston Globe)

“The man often described as the father of the religious right has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney, becoming the latest social conservative A lister to give the former Massachusetts Governor his blessing. In announcing his endorsement, Moral Majority co-founder Paul Weyrich praised Romney's "clear conservative vision" and "exceptional record of putting conservative values to work." ”

Paul M. Weyrich, who serves as a deacon in his church (RenewAmerica.us), is also the founder, Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, which since the 1970s has researched and promoted "the cause of cultural conservatism". (Freecongress.org donation.aspx, flyer.pdf)

"Weyrich said other candidates sought his nomination, but that he reached out to Romney, not the other way around. “I was impressed with the dynamism of the candidate. He’s a candidate that will impress the American public.” " (National Review - Nov 6, 2007)

Certain religious conservatives unsuccessfully worked hard to change Weyrich's mind. Weyrich responded:

“Nearly every critical message against my endorsement used the governor's Mormon religion as the reason I should not have done so...

“Mr. Romney listens. We don't agree on everything. I don't know of any candidate with whom I agree on absolutely everything. The governor gives me the opportunity to make my views known to him. He is open to reasonable argument... I believe the governor will stand up to Sen. Hillary Clinton or whoever the Democrats nominate.” (Beliefnet.com - Nov 16, 2007)

After that effort failed, certain blogs and stories reported a claim that Weyrich regretted endorsing Romney and not endorsing Huckabee. The veracity of such claims should be viewed in light of what Weyrich is known to have said that he thought of Mike Huckabee:

“Huckabee, I came close to supporting him, and if we were running for some sort of religious organization, I would support him, but we’re not. He has compromised on so many conservative issues, I simply can’t be for him. Every time you turn around, he’s taking the wrong stand on a different issue.” (National Review - Nov 6, 2007)

Weyrich endorsed Romney the beginning of November 2007 and continued to support him throughout his presidential campaign. When Governor Romney dropped out of the race Weyrich endorsed Mike Huckabee.

In a National Journal article on March 24, 2008, after Mike Huckabee had also dropped out, Paul Weyrich weighed in on McCain's choice for a V.P., stating “If he selects somebody bad from our point of view, it's going to be very difficult,” then adding “It would help if he selected Mitt Romney, but he won't.” (McCain's Defining Choice - March 24, 2008)

Less than two weeks later, it was reported that Weyrich had joined a religious Political Action Committee that included Governor Mike Huckabee supporters, which was called 'Government is not God PAC', in proclaiming that John McCain should not choose Governor Romney as his Vice President. (CNN Political Ticker - April 4, 2008)

In actuality, Weyrich did not give consent for his name to be used in their adds, and four days later the Free Congress Foundation sent a press release, where he stated in part:

“Recently I received a phone call from someone asking if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney should be Arizona Senator John McCain's selection for Vice President of the United States.

“I said, "No" because I did not think this was the best path for Romney right now; nor was it, in my view, the right fit for McCain. My understanding was that this was to be a personal letter to the Senator; it was not clear to me that this was to be an advertisement. Thus, I now request that my involvement in this effort be disregarded as this effort to influence the Senator moves on.” (Paul Weyrich)  (TheAmericanMind.com - April 8, 2008)

About eight months later, on December 18, 2008, Paul Weyrich died at 66. (Fox News)

This was quite a different outcome from when the senior pastor of a First Baptist mega church in South Carolina and former President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention endorsed Romney, stating “I am proud to stand alongside Governor Romney as he pursues our nation's highest office. His values are my values... Governor Romney is the best candidate to stand for conservative values in Washington.” (CBN News - October 19, 2007)

Shortly later, under pressure from some people, probably including Huckabee supporters, that pastor retracted his endorsement, explaining “he had never before endorsed a candidate of either party for any office.” (USA Today - October 24, 2007)


James Dobson
  

James C. Dobson—
Chairman of Focus on the Family

“I mean he is very presidential and he has got the right answers to many, many things. I haven’t made a decision yet, but let’s just say he is still on the list.”

That statement (in May 2007) was strong compared to what he stated about the other three mentioned candidates, as quoted in the same article:

“Is Rudy Giuliani presidential timber? I think not.”

“[Fred D. Thompson] has no passion, no zeal and no apparent 'want to.' And yet he is apparently the great hope that burns in the breasts of many conservative Christians? Well, not for me, my brothers. Not for me!”

“I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances.”

The above quote on Governor Romney begins “I’ve spent an hour and a half with him, and I liked him.”

James Dobson: “I have never endorsed a presidential candidate in the primaries in my life... And I, especially with what’s left in the Republican line-up, with Romney and Huckabee, they’re both pro-life, they’re both friends of mine, and I just do not want to be the one to push them over the edge... I’ve also been talking to Mike Huckabee. So I don’t want to infer anything from that. But the hour and a half that four or five of my colleagues spent with Mitt Romney was very impressive.”

Dennis Prager: “If Romney were the candidate, would you vote for him?”

James Dobson: “Yes. ... I think we’re facing such a point of crisis in our country that we’re going to have to have the strongest leadership we can... And I will never choose the lesser of two evils if that lesser choice will also be evil, and is likely to contradict my moral convictions and beliefs... I have come telling my friends what I think. They can do what they think is right, and if they want to get mad at me, then that’s okay... I am just sharing my own thoughts and my own beliefs after considerable prayer.”

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"Later in the day [Tuesday, February 5, 2008], Dobson told talk-show host Dennis Prager that he would vote for Romney if the former Massachusetts governor won the GOP nomination"

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“Gov. Romney’s speech was a magnificent reminder of the role religious faith must play in government and public policy. His delivery was passionate and his message was inspirational.” (Dr. James Dobson)

"That commitment to not cast a ballot for someone who would end preborn life has not wobbled one whit: certainly not in Dr. Dobson’s indication he could vote for either Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee, the two candidates who unapologetically championed the pro-life cause" (Citizen Link, a website run by Focus on the Family)

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Gary Bauer
  

Gary Bauer— Founder of American Values

“He’s articulate, telegenic, looks like a president and has a lot of resources. If he were nominated, it wouldn't be hard for me to vote for him.”

"two other social conservatives, Gary Bauer, president of American Values, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, met with reporters in Washington and made some positive comments about the Massachusetts governor — and less positive ones about former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the social conservative some had believed could attract grassroots support."

Gary Bauer in January, 2007 on how voters should evaluate Mitt Romney: “We need to go on the basis of the issues rather than theology.”

Gary L. Bauer is one of America’s most effective spokesmen for pro-life, pro-family and pro-growth values... Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor. While serving at the Education Department, Bauer was named Chairman of President Reagan's Special Working Group on the Family...

Completing his service in the Reagan White House in late 1988, Gary Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family. The Family Research Council is one of Washington's most respected centers for public policy. In ten years, Bauer led FRC from a three person, $1 million operation, to a 120 person, $14 million operation, housed in its own headquarters in downtown Washington.

In 1996, Bauer launched the Campaign for Working Families, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-family, pro-life conservatives to public office. In its first two years of operation, Campaign for Working Families raised $7 million with 90,000 individual contributors and today remains one of America’s largest conservative political action committees...

He has continued to champion these and other causes at American Values, a non-profit educational organization Bauer founded after the 2000 presidential campaign. From American Values, Bauer has authored numerous op-ed pieces making the case for a federal marriage protection amendment and stressing the urgent need to rein in rogue judges... Bauer was an early critic of the nomination of Harriet Miers and enthusiastically backed Samuel Alito. During the Roberts and Alito Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Bauer was quoted more than one thousand times in newspapers across the country making the case for a conservative Supreme Court nominee...

Bauer is also a leading Christian advocate for a strong and secure Israel...

Bauer is the author of Our Journey Home, published in October 1992; co-author of Children at Risk: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Our Kids written with Focus on the Family Chairman and Founder, Dr. James Dobson; author of Our Hopes, Our Dreams: A Vision for America, published in 1996, and Doing Things Right, published in 2001.


Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins— President of Family Research Council

"On a call with political reporters this morning, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised Mitt Romney, saying that of the 2008 Republican presidential field, “he has been the strongest on the core social issues.”

" “He has made these issues more front and center than other candidates who are social conservatives have... more than even Mike Huckabee and some of the others,” said Perkins, whose group is perhaps the strongest conservative evangelical lobby."



    

Reverend Lou Sheldon—
Founder and Chairman of
Traditional Values Coalition

“Well it all began over a year ago in early October of 06, when he invited me to his home, and I sat down with he and his wife Ann. A couple of his sons showed up, and we spent four hours there in his family room. And I realized he had presidential qualities. I realized this man has his life in order, he’s disciplined, and he believes in Almighty God and is a high caliber man. He’s a very moral, principled person. So I started supporting him last year. And then he invited me to be on the campaign as one of the co-chairs for faith and values...

“And I believe the military, that the whole war on terrorism is a major thing, education is, then of course you have problems with the environment, global warming issues, and of course the economy. But I think of all these issues, Mitt Romney is the man who's had the experience in many of those areas.”

"Traditional Values Coalition is the largest non-denominational, grassroots church lobby in America. Founded in 1980, by Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman, TVC has sought to empower people of faith through knowledge."

"TVC speaks on behalf of over 43,000 churches bridging racial and socio-economic barriers and includes most Christian denominations..."

"Rev. Sheldon served for 25 years as an ordained minister prior to founding TVC."


Marvin Olasky— Editor of World magazine

"Several other evangelicals cited Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, who is credited with saying that he would rather be “ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian.” Marvin Olasky, the editor of World magazine, adds that a “wise Mormon” is an acceptable option. “I know nothing about Romney that would preclude me from voting for him,” he says. “If he faces Hillary Clinton, I’ll vote for him in a Utah minute.” "


Chief Counsels, partners and other prominent attorneys representing and fighting for evangelical groups and causes have also come out in favor of Governor Mitt Romney.

» Endorsements and comments of leading legal professionals



Bob Jones III
    

Bob Jones III—
Chancellor, retired president of Bob Jones University

" “This is all about beating Hillary,” Jones said. “And I just believe that this man has the credentials both personally and ideologically in terms of his view about what American government should be to best represent the rank and file of conservative Americans.” "

In addition: "A top official at Bob Jones University, Robert R. Taylor, dean of the university’s college of arts and sciences, said he believes the former Massachusetts governor is the only Republican candidate who both stands a chance of winning the White House and will reliably implement the anti-abortion, antigay marriage, pro-gun agenda of Christian conservatives."

Dr. Bob Jones III is the chancellor and retired President of Bob Jones University. (IMDB.com - 2008)

In an interview, when Dr. Taylor was asked “How widespread is the support for Romney among the faculty and staff at Bob Jones University?” he replied “Well, I think among those folks that are politically active, I would say he has a great deal of support.” (Hugh Hewitt - Oct 17, 2007)

"Commenting on the importance of Jones’ endorsement, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in an interview:

" “This is like a lighthouse going on, the light shining its beam on Mitt Romney.” "


David Dockery
    

David S. Dockery— Board chairman of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (2005)

In 2005, David Dockery, who is also president of the Baptist-affiliated Union University in Tennessee, called Romney an “outstanding governor and a wise leader who has an opportunity for a larger platform beyond Massachusetts.”
“There are key doctrinal differences between Mormons and Baptists -- and most other evangelicals,” Dockery said. “But I don’t see that that would be an issue [in a presidential bid] because he would share many of the same views on political and cultural issues, especially related to life and family, the economy and the environment.”


Dr. Tony Campolo

  

Rev. Tony Campolo— Founding President of the
Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education

Sean Hannity: “I think it's an unfortunate truth, but he has been, from almost the very beginning, in my estimation, the victim of a very vicious, nasty campaign by people that are attacking religion and using religion as a wedge, and it goes back to John F. Kennedy and his speech that he gave in 1960 defending his Catholic faith, his Catholicism. Your thoughts.”

Dr. Campolo: “I couldn't agree with you more. This should not be an issue. I was really disappointed when Mr. Huckabee raised the Mormon issue and said, I don't know about electing a Mormon. This should not be an issue, because if you start raising it, you'll begin to ask Giuliani and -- you're a Catholic. What about birth control? You'll begin to ask Huckabee. You're a southern Baptist, do you really believe that wives should be submissive to their husband? ...

“I hope that Romney has helped to set this thing behind once and for all. Kennedy did a good job. I think Romney hit the ball out of the ballpark today in separating his religious convictions from the role that he would play if elected president. I think he did a brilliant job. He said, I'm not going to be ruled from Salt Lake City, and that's what I would expect him to say.

“You don't have to be for Romney or against Romney to recognize that he did a great job today in differentiating between those two. And I'm sorry that as an Evangelical Christian I have to face the fact that it has been Evangelicals that have raised this issue, talking about Mormon people as though they're a cult, as though they're some group of people who are a danger to the society.

“The Mormons I have known have been good Americans, decent living people, and Evangelical Christians ought to be ashamed to raise this issue.”

Dr. Tony Campolo is the president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an Eastern University professor and author of “Red Letter Christians.”

A Chicago Sunday Evening Club biography that accompanied one of his sermons in 1996 stated:
"He is founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization involved in educational, medical and economic development programs in countries like Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is a best selling author with twenty-five books in print, co-host of the weekly television program, Hashing It Out, on the Odyssey Channel, Associate Pastor of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, and a popular speaker on college and university campuses."


Dr. John Mark Reynolds

    

Dr. John Mark Reynolds—
Founder, Director Torrey Honors Institute,
Contributor, "On Faith", "Scriptoriumdaily", etc.

“We still have the chance to vote for Mitt Romney.

“The most powerful reason to vote for Mitt is Mitt. Romney is the best qualified, smartest, and most telegenic Republican in the race. He has been a successful business leader, saved an Olympics, and been an excellent governor of a liberal state. He knows how to communicate our values to people who do not agree with us. Romney is the only candidate who will not give up IQ points to Hilary and who can press her on her scanty resume that depends on the dubious notion that being married to the boss makes you qualified to run the business.

“Mitt lives family values and has the money to win.

“Only Romney can save the Party. Any other candidates will split the GOP, but if Romney is the nominee then the race will be about Hilary’s [or Obama's] demerits and his merits. Rudy cannot move the people in the pews to the voting booth. Huckabee does not appeal to moderates and he will drive economic conservatives out. Fred will be worth a look when he wakes up and decides to run. He is a platitude chasing a nap. Finally McCain is Bob Dole and we already know the outcome of nominating a tired, heroic, senior senator.

“Finally, Romney can be trusted. The notion that he will change his mind for political gain is absurd. How do you know this beyond a reasonable doubt? Romney has stuck with his childhood faith at great personal cost. Imagine his chances if he had “converted” to Catholicism in Massachusetts a decade ago.

“Romney will change his mind, like any smart guy, but he will not change his values merely to gain votes. He has walked a long road of trying to get along with his blue-state friends . . . trusting that if he gave them “choice” they would stop their assault on life. There was no stopping the death dealers who define humanity based on the whims of the moment or on the personal torments of a special interest group.

“It is time to get serious about voting values . . . and Romney is the serious value voters candidate.”

"John Mark Reynolds is the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola (Bible Institute of L.A.) University. He is the author of several books, including Maker of Heaven and Earth: Three Views on the Creation and Evolution Debate." He is a primary lecturer of the Torrey Academy, a youth academy "training up the next generation of Christian leaders". (Biola Youth Staff) Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California that was founded in 1908. (Biola - about) "The Torrey Honors Institute is a liberal arts and biblical studies program" enabling students "to be strong Christian leaders." It is named after the dean of Biola in the early 1900s. (Biola - about Torrey) Biola has been described as "a lighthouse institution for Christian studies on the West Coast." (Hugh Hewitt Interview)

Dr. Reynolds helped establish scriptoriumdaily.com (Scriptoriumdaily.com) and writes for other sites, including "On Faith" which is run by Newsweek and The Washington Post. (On Faith)


Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck
  

Reverend Rob Schenck—
• President- National Clergy Council,
• Evangelical Church Alliance Chair-
Committee on Church and Society,
• Founder and President- Faith and Action

“... it's clear Mitt Romney does share with religious conservatives many of our deepest convictions on religious liberty, the critical importance of belief in God, the public role of faith, the sanctity of the traditional family and paramount moral issues... the Constitution strictly forbids a religious test for office, so those specifics should be off limits... Morally conservative people should be allies, not adversaries. We need one another in the war against the dangerous advance of godless secularism in America.” (Reverend Rob Schenck, "who has announced he will not endorse a candidate", on his thoughts of Mitt Romney.)

The Reverend Rob Schenck is "an Evangelical minister who is chair of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance, America's oldest association of Evangelical clergy, as well as president of the National Clergy Council, a network of conservative church leaders".

Reverend Schenck is also the co-founder and president of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach to elected and appointed officials with headquarters directly across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court building. He has personally met and spoken with all nine Supreme court justices, many members of congress and two presidents. His outreach is supported by more than 35,000 donors from all 50 states. (Media Biography)

“After we met with Governor Mitt Romney as well as others in Florida back the beginning of this year we talked very candidly about Mitt Romney, his positions as a candidate, and his religion, because it is quite controversial to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The American public is not used to that. There's a lot of misinformation, missing information, a lot people don't know about what we commonly call the Mormon church... But there's a larger point to be made here, and that is whether Mitt Romney's religion factors at all into a presidential campaign... Even though he [Bill Clinton] attended a Methodist Church, which was his wife's affiliation, he was a member of a Southern Baptist congregation [and yet] it's probably the most hostile administration ever towards people of traditional Christian faith...

“Bill Clinton's Baptist Church membership, his profession to have been born again, to have walked the isle, and so forth, all the language that he used— that was irrelevant because when he came to govern, all of his principles were antithetical.

“Certainly there are Evangelicals who support Roe v. Wade, who support same-sex marriage and so on. So in that instance we say that label is irrelevant. Don't tell me that I should vote for, say Bill Clinton, because he is a Southern Baptist. In the same way, reasonably you have to say I won't vote against Mitt Romney simply because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, simply because he is a Mormon. In that instance you would agree then that Mitt Romney's religious affiliation is irrelevant to the campaign. What you want to look at is the platform, the principles that he espouses, the policies that he would enact, the promises that he is making during his campaign.

“And he has been abundantly clear, I have to say this, I respected him very greatly in our meeting, our face to face when we were with him, you recall, I asked him about abortion and his answer was quick, it was unequivocal, it was crystal clear. Now, some people are faulting him and saying okay, but that wasn't always your position. Alright, fair enough. You can challenge that if you want to.

“But when it comes to his church affiliation, and I would say, many Evangelicals will remember during John F. Kennedy's campaign there were some who said "I won't vote for him because he is Catholic." Most Evangelicals today wouldn't take that position because a man is Catholic. And yet we did once...

“I have to agree with Reverend Mahoney on this, that the LDS membership is irrelevant to the campaign. Look at the platform, look at the policies, look at the principles, look at the man himself and his family, his life. And then you make your decision. But looking at the label, the religious label is not only unfair, it's unconstitutional. It contradicts our very system of law.” (Reverend Robert Schenck, 39 minutes into broadcast)

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“Mitt Romney is the candidate with whom I’ve had the most contact. He is certainly running the most impressive of any of the campaigns. Two of his inner circle advisors are two of my closest ministry colleagues, ... I read him as a sincere convert to the pro-life ethic... Surprisingly, while there are many LDS members engaged in the Romney campaign, there are an equal number of non-LDS people, including many Evangelicals and traditional Roman Catholics. Mitt Romney may not be the warmest candidate but he is a capable and highly successful leader. Romney is one to watch. On the Republican side it’s likely to come down to a Romney, McCain, Giuliani race.” (Reverend Robert Schenck)

On Giuliani he stated: “Rudy Giuliani seems to be out of the question for people of deep moral conviction. He has been characterized—and has a pretty good history of being—pro-abortion, pro-homosexual marriage and non-religious if not anti-religious.”

On McCain he stated: “My two personal encounters with the Senator have been unpleasant... I privately asked the Senator about civil unions. "Moral or immoral?" I inquired. His response was a scolding finger and an exasperated pronouncement hissed between his clenched teeth, "That depends on what you mean by civil unions!" Not the unequivocal statement I was looking for.”

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“Noted Evangelical minister to government officials in Washington, DC, Rev. Rob Schenck (pronounced Shank) today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Schenck is president of the National Clergy Council, a nationwide network of conservative pastors from all Christian traditions, including Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, and Protestant...

“Schenck, who has met all of the Republican candidates, said today about his endorsement, "I've talked face-to-face, at length, to Governor Romney about the issues of concern to Christian voters... Mitt Romney has the experience, the integrity, the intellect, and the leadership skills to go up against President Obama. No candidate will ever be perfect, but he must be as good as possible and he must be able to win. That's why I support Mitt Romney." ”


Rev. Patrick Mahoney
    

Rev. Patrick Mahoney—
Executive Director of the Christian Defense Coalition

Rev. Pat Mahoney was on Faith and Action Live! Sept 25, 2007 with Rev. Schenck. Thirty-nine minutes into the broadcast they discussed how Evangelicals should decide to vote with respect to Mitt Romney:

Rev. Schenck: “After we met with Governor Mitt Romney as well as others in Florida back the beginning of this year we talked very candidly about Mitt Romney, his positions as a candidate, and his religion, because it is quite controversial to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The American public is not used to that. There's a lot of misinformation, missing information, a lot people don't know about what we commonly call the Mormon church... But there's a larger point to be made here, and that is whether Mitt Romney's religion factors at all into a presidential campaign. Do you want to comment on that?”

Rev. Pat Mahoney: “Well I've had the privilege of working strongly with the LDS. As you know I've done a lot of work up in Idaho. Idaho is now getting in terms of growth of percentage more LDS in Idaho than actually in Utah. They worked with us on a ten commandments project.

“And their help, their commitment on the project was invaluable. Here's what I would say. Bill Clinton, who went to church every Sunday with a large black Bible— we had prayer vigils there probably during his term, I would say I was at Crownview Methodist Church 30 or 40 times— Bill Clinton professed to be a Christian...

“But, here we have President Clinton, I'm not going to comment on where his relationship was with Christ, that's between he and Christ. But I will comment on his public policy. Believed in partial-birth abortion. Totally was opposed to many expressions of faith in the public square. The list can go on.”

Rev. Schenck: “It's probably the most hostile administration ever towards people of traditional Christian faith.”

Rev. Mahoney: “Absolutely. And so we have a person who professes to be a Christian and we see how they live out public policy. Governor Romney on the other hand— Christians who would struggle with the fact that he's LDS— Let's look at what his platform is and how he would govern...

“How does a person govern? And for people out there to attack Governor Romney, now I'm not on the Romney campaign, I'm just saying as a person who believes strongly in the freedom of religious expression, for you to go out there and say "oh, oh, oh, oh, I could never vote for someone who is LDS or Mormon", I think that's extremely ill advised. Look at the candidate, look at their policies, and see where they stand on that issue, and don't put some kind of litmus test on someone until we see how they would govern...”

Rev. Schenck: “...So in that instance we say that label is irrelevant. Don't tell me that I should vote for, say Bill Clinton, because he is a Southern Baptist. In the same way, reasonably you have to say I won't vote against Mitt Romney simply because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Simply because he is a Mormon. In that instance you would agree then that Mitt Romney's religious affiliation is irrelevant to the campaign. What you want to look at is the platform, the principles that he espouses, the policies that he would enact, the promises that he is making during his campaign.”

Rev. Mahoney: “And how he lives out his life. Again, I'm not on the governor's campaign, but he's been married 37 years, he has five wonderful children, he has been faithful in that relationship, and these are the issues that I would look at.”

Rev. Schenck: “And he has been abundantly clear, I have to say this, I respected him very greatly in our meeting, our face to face when we were with him, you recall, I asked him about abortion and his answer was quick, it was unequivocal, it was crystal clear. Now, some people are faulting him and saying okay, but that wasn't always your position. Alright, fair enough. You can challenge that if you want to.

“But when it comes to his church affiliation, and I would say, many Evangelicals will remember during John F. Kennedy's campaign there were some who said "I won't vote for him because he is Catholic." Most Evangelicals today wouldn't take that position because a man is Catholic. And yet we did once.”

Rev. Mahoney: “Actually, they [even] called him a papist. I mean it wasn't even that he was Catholic. The same argument— Then Senator Kennedy would take orders from the pope, Governor Mitt Romney would take orders from the LDS leadership, it really sort of panned out [the same way].

“And here's what I would say— I'm going to be very direct. President Clinton was the most openly professing Christian we've seen in a long time. President Clinton had multiple affairs. Allegations of sexual assault by well respected women. I mean the list— perjured himself— I mean the list goes on.”

Rev. Schenck: “Lost his law license. People forget that. Actually lost his license.”

Rev. Mahoney: “... So I'm going to vote for him because he's quote unquote Christian? No. I'm going to look at the man and the policies. And that's what I should do with Governor Romney”.

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